Perpignan Cathedral

Perpignan, France

Perpignan Cathedral construction was begun in 1324 by King Sancho of Majorca, and later finished in the 15th century. It replaced the Cathedral of Elna, and therefore the church was at first the seat of the Bishop of Elne, and then, from 1602, of the Bishop of Perpignan.

The cathedral was built in the Catalan Gothic style, because of its association with the Kingdom of Majorca. It has a wide nave (80 meters long, 18 m wide, and 26 m tall) made of seven cross-vaults, and features a short transept and apse, whose vault features seven keys.

The cathedral's western façade was never finished. When being restored in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Gothic window of the façade was rebuilt, as it had previously been substituted by a simple rectangular opening. The façade also features a portico and clock-tower, which date from the 18th century.



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Founded: 1324
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Firrita VL (6 months ago)
Gorgeous cathedral. You could spend hours examining alle the beautiful detailed works of art!
Tina Gillet (7 months ago)
Good place to visiting in Perpignan
joe higham (11 months ago)
The cathedral is jaw dropping. Our pet monkey had to sit down.... it was really quite overwhelming.
Vajira Certain (2 years ago)
Beautiful inside..they R renovating it, so a bit noisy outside. Inside is very historical.. if they cld put a bit more info we cld have a better idea of what is what and who built what??! In French of course but in English too being the international language! Inside needs repairs too unfortunately.. could be much more interesting to visit. How about u have to put 1 euro to light up the place so we can see things more clearly as it's very gloomy inside?? Just a suggestion
Aidan Armstrong (2 years ago)
Front porch was under renovation and bar the wrought iron bell tower the front of the Cathedral is relatively simple, only 2 or 3 gargoyles on the front hint at what lies within. The cathedral is dark, long and broad with short arms for the normal cruciform layout, but the surprise is the sections/vaults along the left and right of the main body. Each section is about 10 feet wide and contains a dedicated altar or area for a particular dedication to a Saint or similar. Some are highly ornate in gilded wood or plaster, some held carved stone, marble or paintings. Everywhere paintings added to the depth and quality, bare stone walls were a rarity. Wonderful to explore
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